Durham coach parking changes imminent
Durham County Council has issued advice ahead of imminent coach parking changes in the county town.
From Monday 12 August, parking will be at the city’s Belmont Park and Ride site on the edge of the city. The alteration sees coach parking at The Sands end, due to new council buildings being built on the site of this parking facility.
Coach drop-offs and pick-ups can be made at Freeman’s Place, within walking distance of the city centre.
Belmont Park and Ride site is situated on the A690, approximately 300m east of Junction 62 of the A1, it is approximately 2.5miles from Durham city centre. Parking is free at this site and coach drivers have access to toilets and coach cleaning facilities. A petrol station, which has a ‘Costa’ facility, is about 100m east of the coach park (on the A690).
Coach drivers have free travel in and out of Durham City centre from this coach park on the Durham City Park and Ride service from 7am until 7pm, Monday to Saturday (this service is not available on Sundays).
This is a temporary arrangement, while the new coach park with improved facilities is being built at Belmont Park and Ride. The council expects it to be completed by the end of September. This will be well signposted and will be next to the Park and Ride site at Belmont. The new coach park will continue to be free and is intended to provide drivers with access to better facilities. The upcoming site, set to accommodate 30 coaches, should give drivers the chance to empty chemical toilets, clean their vehicles inside and out and use existing on-site washrooms. Currently there is space for 11.
- B&CB originally covered the announcement of Durham’s new parking arrangements in issue 1523, 29 March 2019.